Senior Leadership

At Grace College & Seminary, the senior leadership desire to represent Christ through the way they lead, teach, and live their daily lives. Their goal is to honor the Lord through engaging change, pursuing expansion, and developing momentum as Grace seeks to provide the best education and environment for every student. The senior leadership team is devoted to bringing glory to God through its commitment to serve, love, and support the entire Grace family.

William J. Katip, Ph.D.

B.A. in Bible and Psychology, Grace College; M.S. in Clinical Psychology, Purdue University; Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration, Michigan State University

Dr. Bill Katip’s numerous years of academic administrative experience have been invaluable in guiding the school through its many recent innovative changes.  Relationship building with faculty, staff, students, and community members is an important part of his job as he seeks to understand and respond to the needs of Grace’s friends and family.  In addition to his presidential leadership, Dr. Katip teaches in the M.A. in Higher Education program.

Ronald E. Manahan, Th.D.

Senior Advisor to the President
Diploma in Pastoral Studies, Grand Rapids School of Bible and Music; B.A. in Religion, Shelton College; M.Div., Grace Theological Seminary; Th.M. in Old Testament and Hebrew, Grace Theological Seminary; Th.D. in Old Testament and Hebrew, Grace Theological Seminary

Dr. Ron Manahan's visionary leadership has helped advance the institution through the development of new programs, the construction of new facilities, the expansion of global outreach, the facilitation of major gifts, and increased tuition affordability for students and families. In his role as Senior Advisor to the President, Dr. Manahan assists Dr. Bill Katip with special projects.

Paul G. Blair, M.B.A.

V.P. of Financial Affairs
B.S. in Business, Eastern Illinois University; M.B.A., Eastern Illinois University

Paul Blair is responsible for the financial condition and integrity of the institution by overseeing its operating and capital budgets, revenues and expenditures, debt, business plans, and forecasts, and by assuming a strategic role in the overall financial management and improvement initiatives of the institution. With more than two decades of Fortune 500 company experience, Blair has expertise in investor relations, strategic planning, business development, and financial reporting. In the past, he has served as vice president of investor relations at Zimmer Holdings, vice president of strategic planning and development at Owens & Minor (Richmond, VA), and director of investor relations at Bindley Western Industries.

Thomas A. Dunn III, M.B.A.

V.P. of Strategic Initiatives and Planning
B.A. in Business Administration, Grove City College; M.B.A. in Marketing, Fox School of Business, Temple University

Prior to Grace College, Tom Dunn served 10 years as the CEO of Crystal Inc., a Philadelphia-based manufacturing company that sells specialty and performance chemicals. Dunn's campus responsibilities include the School of Adult and Community Education, Online Education, Grace Community Education, the physical plant, marketing, and strategic planning.

Drew R. Flamm, M.A.

V.P. for Advancement
B.A. in Comprehensive Communications, Cedarville University; M.A. in Organizational Communications and Leadership, Gonzaga University

Drew Flamm, Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), leads all aspects of institutional advancement including vision, strategic planning, development and management of a team-focused staff, and a multi-million dollar campaign. Flamm has nearly a decade of leadership and fundraising experience, having served at multiple Christian colleges, leading advancement efforts in alumni relations, planned giving, annual funds, major gifts, donor research, capital campaigns, and creating a culture of philanthropy.

Jeffrey A. Gill, Ph.D.

V.P. and Dean of the Seminary and School of Ministry Studies
B.A. in Psychology, The Ohio State University; M.Div., Grace Theological Seminary; D.Min. in Pastoral Studies, Denver Seminary; Ph.D. in Education Leadership, Western Michigan University

Dr. Jeffrey Gill was the senior pastor of Grace Brethren Church (Delaware, Ohio) for 20 years before joining Grace as dean of the Seminary in 2002. With two decades of pastoral experience, growing Grace Brethren Church from a handful of families to hundreds of members, Dr. Gill is a sought-after teacher and theologian. After leading Grace Theological Seminary for over a decade and earning his doctorate in educational leadership, Dr. Gill understands and offers the necessary educational and experiential components of ministry to Grace Schools.

John Lillis, Ph.D.

Executive V.P. of Academic Affairs
B.S., University of Kentucky; M.S., Air Force Institute of Technology; M.Div., Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary; Ph.D., Michigan State University

Prior to joining Grace College and Seminary, Dr. John Lillis worked as dean and executive officer at Bethel Seminary in San Diego, Calif. where he served for 13 years. In addition to teaching, and his academic administrative work, Lillis has served as a pastor in the United States and abroad. He served as a major in the Michigan Air National Guard and as a captain in the United States Air Force as a nuclear research officer. He is an educational consultant for the United African American Ministerial Action Council (UAAMAC), a blue ribbon committee member for the American Red Cross in San Diego, and a leader in numerous Christian societies.

Cindy N. Sisson, M.A.

V.P. of Enrollment Management
B.A. in Psychology and Christian Ministries, Grace College; M.A. in Counseling, Western Michigan University

Cindy N. Sisson provides institutional leadership for the college-wide recruitment process by executing all enrollment policies, programs, and services and assisting in the development of marketing strategies. Sisson establishes and directs all admissions activities for residential programs, aligning them with the institution's mission and values. Additionally, Sisson assists with student retention strategies and is the advisor for all GOAL students. Sisson teaches in the Department of Behavioral Science and in the GOAL degree completion program.

James E. Swanson, Ph.D.

V.P. for Academic and Student Services, Assistant Professor of Sociology
B.M., William Tyndale College; M.A. in Counseling, Eastern Michigan University; Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration: Educational Leadership, Western Michigan University

Dr. Jim Swanson spends his days meeting with Student Affairs staff and student leaders helping to guide life in the residence halls, and oversee chapel planning, campus safety, the first-year experience, clubs and organizations, and other areas of life for students both inside and outside the classroom at Grace. In addition to his responsibilities as Vice President of Student Affairs and Academic Services, Dr. Swanson uses his counseling background to teach in the School of Behavioral Science.

Carrie A. Yocum, Ph.D.

V.P. of Administration and Compliance
B.S. in Social Work, Manchester College; M.S.W., Andrews University; Ph.D. in Leadership, Andrews University
Dr. Carrie Yocum assists in the overall academic administration of the institution with a focus on accreditation, academic policies, compliance, institutional effectiveness, technology,  and human resources.